Take-Two Interactive has vowed to make development for Nintendo platforms a priority. The troubled publisher´s chairman Strauss Zelnick outlined this as part of a short-term plan for revitalizing the company to Gamasutra.
Also, their hit franchise ´Grand Theft Auto´ will remain their flagship series, the chairman continued.
Zelnick said that while it's true that no franchise lives forever, he saw GTA as the company's 'James Bond' -- a franchise that will continue to reinvent itself, adding that last year's Bond film release was its highest grossing to date. (...)
Asked about the company's traditionally weak relationship with Nintendo, Zelnick confirmed that "working with Nintendo is a priority," and in fact "all of next-gen is a priority," adding that the challenge was to tailor games to each platform and the type of consumer that was attracted to the platform, but that Take-Two was committed to creating "great games for Nintendo."
So ´GTA´ will continue to be their flagship series and the company vows to prioritize Nintendo platforms. Put the two aspects together and what do you get?
While no specific mention has been made, Zelnick´s comments stop short of an outright confirmation of a Wii version of ´Grand Theft Auto´. With publishers apparently scrambling to jump on the Wii bandwagon, this move would only make sense - for both companies.
However, shares in Take-Two were down almost five percent today, while Nintendo shares climbed another 1,6 percent to a four-year record high.
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